Evidently, Facebook has gone from Poke to Yoke. The new app Yoke.me allows you to meet friends of friends and set up friends with your other friends. Looks like it’s the first attempt to put romance and romantic/sexual connection overtly on Facebook, which up until now has remained staunchly the ultimate “Friend Zone.”
That said, you’ve been online dating on Facebook without even knowing it for a long time now - so apps like Yoke.me could prove utterly redundant.
As WTF?!’s resident guinea pig, I’ve been trying to sign up for Yoke.me, but this is what my screen has looked like for the past two hours:
So I will have to get back to you with specific reactions.
My first thought? Do I really want to be yoked (LIKE AN OX) to anyone? Let alone my friends of friends of friends of friends of friends? Why such a throwback term? I think “yoke,” and I think of the dozen oxen that might comprise my dowry, were I a very rich and lucky daughter. Or I think of that choice bit of Scripture, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (II Corinthians 6:14).
Since when has Facebook gone Biblical?
And do I really have to think of my love life like this?
image via the Dictionary on my Apple MacBook Air
via The New York Times
Rebecca Coale - aka Becky - is a writer, musician and producer. She and childhood best friend Jessica Donalds created Dating & Hookup and founded J&R Creative Media. Becky blogs about love poetry and modern life & womanhood. She lives with her husband, Howard Coale, and their family in Manhattan and Philadelphia.
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